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Steal A Heart – A Valentine Game Revised

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Steal A Heart Game

I created this game about five years ago for a group class I had near Valentine’s Day. It was an older group with middle school and high school age students. I told them it was a game to test them on the dreaded ledger line notes! But I also included all the notes so I could use it with more students.

They had a lot of fun playing it, stealing the same cards back and forth and trying to figure out the really hard ledger lines. They laughed a lot and I was glad that I had a game this group enjoyed.

There were really only two problems with this game in the original form:

  • It used a whole lot of red ink.
  • I could never remember the rules!

With that in mind and with Valentine’s coming up, I remade it. I cut the amount of red ink by about 80%. If  you don’t want to use all the difficult ledger line cards, you don’t have to print them because they are on a separate page. And the game directions are included in the PDF file, so you can print them and keep it with the game.

I hope these revisions will encourage more teachers to try it. It works well with any age student and it is lots of fun.

It can also be modified for use in a private lesson.

Objective

  • To review the names of notes on the grand staff.
  • To learn identify ledger line notes in the bass and treble staves.

Materials

  • Print a game board for each player.
  • Print and cut the small note cards along the dotted lines.

Directions

  • Place a stack of the little heart cards face down in reach of everyone.
  • The first player draws a  card, names the note, and places the card on an empty heart on his/her game board.
  • Give students time to figure out the note.
  • If a student draws a “Steal a Heart” card, he may take a heart card from the game board of the person on his right, but he must name the note he is stealing.
  • If he draws a “Be Mine” card, he puts it over a card he has already placed on his board to protect it, and then draws another card. The other players cannot steal a card that is “protected”  with the “Be Mine” card.
  • If the player draws a “Give my Heart” card, he gives one of his cards to the player on his right, who must name the card before he can accept it.
  • Feel free to modify the rules or change the way the game is played.

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Valentine Composing Printable for Beginners

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Valentine Composing Activity for Beginners

Some years ago I posted a black and red version of this. As it happens with a lot of old material, I  forgot about it until it started showing up on Pinterest. It looked rather dated and I didn’t like it anymore.  I decided to do a makeover by adding more colors and flowers.

This is a fun Valentine’s “gift” for students to give to a special adult, especially if they can play it for them!

Objective

  • To compose a melody to a familiar Valentine rhyme
  • To review finger numbers

 Age

  • Pre-school to about age 7

 Materials

  • The printable
  • Pencil
  • Piano keyboard

Directions

  • Students place their right hand on the keys with the thumb or index finger on middle C
  • Starting on middle C, they make up a tune and write the correct finger numbers or letter names in the hearts
  • The tune sounds better if it starts and ends on C
  • Alternatively, students can use their left hand, the black keys, or use another position, such as G
  • Help younger students with the writing

Why I Like This Activity

  • It helps students become more interested in composing

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Easy Valentine Piano Music

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This post has links to all of the Valentine music currently on my website.

Remember last year when I posted these links?  Well, as some of you know, I’ve been trying to revise all my pre-reading and primer level music to vertical (portrait) orientation, rather than horizontal (landscape). The reason I put this level in landscape in the first place is that there is more room for big notes. But it is so hard to use in a 3-ring binder! I’m determined to eventually remake all of my landscape scores!

Question of the day: Do you like the borders I draw? Do you think they add something, or do they make it harder to print. I’m just curious what other teachers think.

Valentines Day PR  – pre-reading with finger numbers only, on the black keys.

Roses are Red – pre-reading with finger numbers only, on the black keys.

Chocolate Valentines Pre-reading version is played on the white keys using all the fingers.

Chocolate Valentines On the Staff  came about because one of my students saw the pre-reading version and asked me to make one for her on the staff. We made it longer by playing it several times, each time in a different octave.

Here are the rest of the Valentine’s Day folk songs from my website that that I have arranged in various levels.

Love Somebody, Yes I Do – Late Elementary (with 8th notes)

Love Somebody, Yes I Do – Primer Level (5-finger position on the staff)

Love Somebody, Yes I Do – Pre-reading

There’s a Little Wheel A-Turning in My Heart –  Early Intermediate (lots of hands together and some finger substitutions)

Below is the graphic I made last year. All the music on the left is now in portrait orientation!

8 Valentine Pieces

8 Valentine Pieces

 

 

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Are You a Line or Space? A Quick Valentine Activity!

 

Are You a Line or Space

 Are You a Line or Space

I am always looking for something different to do with my students, to shake things up a bit and add some fun to piano lessons.

I put a sign on my front door, “Are You a Line or Space?” This made them curious and got them interested. They all had no idea what I was planning on doing, but they have come to expect that piano lessons are not going to be the same-old thing.

I printed two staves with either line or space notes shaped like hearts. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up,  I used that as a theme.

I told them I was doing a musical experiment on lines and spaces. I explained there would be two teams, the Lines and the Spaces,  and I wanted to see which was the easiest for students. They could choose their team or pick a line or space card from a bowl to be assigned a team. I have some students who would take 10 minutes to decide, and I need to move fast in piano lessons, so picking from the bowl turned out to be a time saver for those indecisive or aprehensive students.  

 I sat them down in front of either a line or space card. While I timed them with my phone stopwatch, they placed a bingo chip on each note as they called out the name of the note. 

It didn’t take long, and students were allowed to try several times, so I could write down their fastest time on the printable I made to record the times. The more practice, the better, and everyone wanted to try it several times.  Even so, it took less than 5 minutes.

Many of the students decided to be on the “space” team, because they said spaces are the easiest. That was fine with me. What they don’t know yet is that next week I’m going to post the Are You Ready to Switch poster, and we are going to switch sides!

I hoped to have time to made ledger line cards, but I didn’t. However, you could use my mini-ledger line flash cards and accomplish the same thing. Spread them out of the table and play the same way.

Yesterday I shared this activity  with my Facebook Group, Piano Teacher FunMakers. I really wasn’t planning on blogging about it, because it’s kind of silly, the clip art is from other things I’ve made, and the printables were hastily made to get it done before my students arrived!

But, it has turned out to be fun and I wanted to share. I told teachers  I would get this posted in time for them to use it Monday, if they wish, so here it is. If you start Monday, you will have 2 weeks to play it before Valentines. Hope you have fun with it! I know we are!

 

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